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Diamond Jubilee 2012

Diamond Jubilee 2012

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the forthcoming international celebration in 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of The Queen.

The British and Canadian governments have announced details of celebrations in those countries. ACM is asking that similar celebrations take place in Australia.
 

A petition to our governments and parliaments to honour The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 may be signed here

A Loyal Address to Her Majesty can be signed here.

Details of the London celebrations can be accessed here. 

For details of the Thames River pageant, click here  and of broadcasts to Australia, click here.

 




PM and ACM speak on the Accession 6 February Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 11 February 2012

ImageThis is a report in the section on the Diamond Jubilee on the ACM site.


 

On the 60th anniversary of the Accession of The Queen, 6 February 2012, Prime Minister Gillard speaks on behalf of the Australian nation. She will make a more detailed announcement to Parliament on the following day.   

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Selina Edmonds, Royal Correspondent of the Australian national news broadcaster, Sky television, interviews Professor David Flint on the relevance to Australia and the Commonwealth of the Diamond Jubilee.

 
Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Australia and the Diamond Jubilee Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 10 February 2012

Image  This is a report in the Diamond Jubilee section on the ACM site.


 On 6 February, 2012 the Prime Minister Julia Gillard moved that the Australian Parliament congratulate her Majesty the Queen on the Diamond Jubilee, 60 years from her accession to the throne. Ms Gillard spoke warmly of The Queen and her role in the Australian constitutional system.


The Prime Minister informed the Parliament that the Australian Government had pledged up to $5 million to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, as part of Australia's commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The Prime Minister has written to the Premiers and Chief Ministers encouraging them collectively to match the Commonwealth's contribution.

The Prime Minister will also appoint an eminent Australian to spearhead private sector fundraising for the Trust.

The Trust, which was announced by UK Prime Minister Cameron at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October 2011, was launched officially in the UK on 6 February.

Through its grant-making activities, the Trust will create an enduring tribute to Her Majesty The Queen by supporting charitable projects and organisations across the Commonwealth.

The Trust is chaired by former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major. Sir John has said the Trust will place great emphasis on enriching the lives of individuals, by focusing on areas such as the tackling of curable disease the promotion of all forms of education and culture.

Australia's contribution to the Trust will go to development-related projects that will create a lasting legacy in honour of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Trust will undertake fund-raising activities through 2012 and is not expected to begin disbursement of funds until 2013.



...other ways...




The Government will also recognise the Diamond Jubilee in other ways:

The Prime Minister will light a Jubilee Beacon on Parliament House on 4 June.


Australia Post will issue a Jubilee stamp. The Royal Mint will issue a Jubilee coin. An east-west road in the Parliamentary Zone will be renamed "Queen Elizabeth Terrace". A scholarship will be established focused on women's leadership. A Jubilee essay competition will be staged.


Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia later this year as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Governor-General will also visit London in June to coincide with the major celebrations in the United Kingdom.

 
Diamond Jubilee - Radio Australia Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 10 February 2012

 Image This is a report in the section on the ACM site relating to the Diamond Jubilee.


As the Diamond Jubilee approaches, Radio Australia broadcast a programme on 7 February,2012 to  the world about the Australian constitutional monarchy.

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David Elliott MP leads by example in Diamond Jubilee celebrations Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 09 February 2012

ImageThis is a report in the Diamond Jubilee section on the ACM site.


According to a report in local Sydney newspaper, ACM's Campaign Director at the time of the 1999 referendum, now the Member for Baulkham Hills - David Elliott - is leading by example in Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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Writing to Her Majesty, Mr. Elliott made the card available for constituents to join with him in congratulating Her Majesty on this significant milestone.

"Despite the fact that most Australians are 'on the beach' at this time of the year, a number of private citizens felt a strong desire to personally sign the card."  Mr. Elliott noted in the body of the letter.

Mr. Elliott was excited to inform ACM that there is also strong support amongst his constituents for a Garden Party on the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend to benefit one of the local charities with Royal Patronage.

 
Diamond Jubilee - Tasmanian celebrations Print E-mail
Written by Reg Watson, Convenor, ACM's Tasmanian Division   
Thursday, 09 February 2012

Image This is a report in the ACM section, Diamond Jubilee 2012



To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of Australia, there were a number of activities in Tasmania, both north and south.

A Thanksgiving Service was held in the evening at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart on Sunday, February 5th. Tasmanian ACM Convenor, Reg Watson attended the service with the Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency, The Honourable Peter Underwood AO and Mrs Underwood also attending.  The Governor gave the reading.

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[The Governor of Tasmania, Peter Underwood, giving the address at the formal dinner to herald Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in Hobart]


The following evening, Monday 6th February  a formal Diamond Jubilee Dinner was held at the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay. Again, the Honourable Peter Underwood, Governor of Tasmania and Mrs Underwood attended.  His Excellency gave an important address which is on the Government House Tasmanian website, part of which reads:

During the night of 5th – 6th February sixty years ago King George VI, emaciated by cancer, died in his sleep, and at noon on Friday 8th February 1952 Sir Ronald Cross, then the Governor of Tasmania proclaimed the accession of Her Most Gracious Majesty QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND.

According to his advice sent to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations Sir Ronald made his proclamation, and I quote, “at Hobart …with fitting solemnity and ceremony in the presence of State Ministers, Judges of the Supreme Court, Members of both Houses of Parliament and a large public concourse
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The dinner was held under the auspices of the Royal Commonwealth Society of which, Tasmanian TCM Convenor Reg Watson and members of ACM attended. Mr Watson is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society and announced the arrival of His Excellency and Mrs Underwood to the assembled.

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[Guests at Diamond Jubilee Dinner, from left: Lauren Bosvelt, who came second in the Tasmanian section of the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize; Reg Watson, Tasmanian Convenor of ACM; Elise Archer MHA and Dale Archer]




...Launceston...

In the north of Tasmania a morning Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Service was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Launceston. The following day an informal lunch was held in Launceston mark the Diamond Jubilee occasion. 

In the evening at the Launceston Town Hall the Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Underwood, and Mrs. Underwood attended and the Governor addressed the Civic Reception to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. 

 
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